The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borel, said that this Monday he “trust on“That the European Union (EU) will be able to coordinate with the new administration of the United States of America (USA)” Action related to Venezuela.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Vice President of the Community Executive said It is intended to address the Venezuelan issue in a meeting to be held on Wednesday. (24 March) with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who will be in Brussels this week for meetings at the level of NATO and the European bloc.
In the same statement, after the Council of Foreign Affairs held in Brussels, Josep Burrell recalled that with the previous US administration, chaired by Republican Donald Trump, there was no coordination between Washington and the European Union over Venezuela, as the parties “completed In a different way. Considers
With the new administration, led by Democrat Joe Biden, “I believe it will be possible to coordinate action on Venezuela and think how to address the situation in the country.“Borel said.
At this Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting, the situation in that South American country was analyzed after the European Union ambassador in Caracas, Portuguese diplomat Isabel Brillant Pedrosa, in retaliation for the retaliation by the Venezuelan government led by Nicolas Maduro , Was declared ‘personality non gram’. Sanctions approved by the community targeting Venezuelan officials.
Last February, the European Union added 19 people to the list of sanctions aimed at personalities in the Venezuelan regime because of its “role in acts and decisions” that undermined democracy and the rule of law in the country. Isabel Brillant Pedrosa will leave Venezuela in early March.
“Stabilization and re-democratization of the country is possible, but it requires constant efforts.“Said Borel, who said that 27 in the European Union will continue to work in this direction.
Venezuela, for the country Which currently has approximately 28 million inhabitantsOne is facing great political instability, a situation that combines a serious economic and social crisis. The country has an important community of Portuguese and Portuguese descent.
The head of European diplomacy also considered “Very important” I “Affirmative“There was opposition between the Maduro government and Venezuela for a request to be made for US State Department of Control (OFAC) (Treasury Department Structure) to use Venezuela funds held in the United States.
Such funds will be used Pay 12 million vaccines against Kovid-19 disease through international COVAX platform, An initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO), aimed at ensuring global and equitable access to vaccines, particularly in poor countries.
It would be up to Venezuela’s opposition to make the request, as the American opposition leader, Juan Guedo, has been recognized as the interim president of Venezuela since the self-proclamation in January 2019.
On the other hand, the head of European diplomacy said that the next regional and local elections in Venezuela (scheduled for 2022) “could bring a new opportunity to reach an agreement between the government and the opposition”, something that “was not possible” in (Final) Legislative Election ”. “We will do our best to help,” he concluded.